A New Spin On An Old Classic – Sloppy Joes Recipe


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By Justin Cowart

Sloppy joes are something that I loved as a kid growing up that even followed me to adulthood. Yet, in the world we live in, healthy food is slightly hard to come by and some of our old classic favorites are really unhealthy for us.

This recipe creates a great spin on a classic dish that a lot of people can enjoy – guilt-free!

Just think about it. With this delicious recipe, you can not only enjoy one of your favorite foods, but also enjoy it knowing it’s actually healthy for you!

One of the two main ingredients in this wonderfully healthy dish is red cabbage. Some of the great benefits of cabbage is that is helps to contribute to your overall health with fiber and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

One cup of chopped red cabbage has 28 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of protein. It provides you with a substantial amount of vitamins C and K. It is known for improving eye health and even helping with cancer prevention.

The second main ingredient in this vegetarian sloppy joe is super yummy mushrooms.

Mushrooms are another great source of protein and can help with fighting all kinds of things such as cancer and diabetes, can aid in weight management and can even promote heart health.

Mushrooms also contain just as high an antioxidant capacity as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans and zucchini.

Well, I guess without further adue, right below is not only the ingredient list, but the delicious recipe on how to create these super healthy and tasty sloppy joes. Give it a whirl and let us know how it goes!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 ¾ cups light beer (drink what's left in the bottle)
  • Kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chipotle chile powder
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 whole grain hamburger buns
  • Shredded red cabbage or lettuce, pickled jalapeno and scallions, for serving (optional)
  1. Pulse the mushrooms in batches in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Place a little bit of oil in a large nonstick skillet and set it over a medium to high heat. Toss in your onions, 1 tablespoon of beer and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook. Make sure you stir frequently until the onions are lightly browned, which should take about 5 minutes or so.
  3. Next, toss in your walnuts and peppers to start cooking and stir occasionally, until your peppers are crisp, which should take about 3 minutes.
  4. Now add in your mushrooms and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper and chipotle powder and get them cooking, at this part make sure your stirring frequently until your mushrooms are just cooked through, which should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Take the rest of your remaining beer, ketchup and tomato paste with ⅛ teaspoon of salt and cook, ensuring to stir the sauce until the consistency is just the way you like it, which should take about 2 minutes.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto each bun. Serve with toppings if desired.
Some buns are not vegan, so check the label to be sure your hamburger buns are dairy and egg-free.



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Justin Cowart

Justin Cowart

Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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